A 19-Year-Old Driver Charged With Assault and Fiery Sydney Harbour Bridge Crash

A 19-year-old man has been charged for causing a fiery multi-vehicle crash on Sydney Harbour Bridge at 7.10am on March 7, 2022. Police alleged that the young driver stole the car (Toyota Kluger SUV) after assaulting the owner on Sussex Street in the CBD fifteen minutes before causing the crash. He hit two other vehicles before his vehicle rolled onto its roof and burst into flames.

In the footage, the car is seen speeding down the Sydney Harbour Bridge and overtaking a truck before colliding with an oncoming vehicle. A Traffic Management Centre worker arrived at the scene after hearing the crash and helped to get the trapped man out of the fiery vehicle.

The drivers of two other vehicles that involved in the accident (a 53-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man) were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries for treatment.  The young driver, who was freed from the stolen vehicle, was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital with serious injuries but in stable condition.

The officials of Fire and Rescue NSW extinguished the fire, but traffic delays continued for a long time. NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan praised the Traffic Management Centre worker, bystanders and other emergency service workers who took risks to save the patients.

Police charged the Kluger driver for assaulting the owner of the stolen vehicle and harsh driving. Over the past few days, police investigated several witnesses who were on the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the time of the crash.

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